Culture/Society

Principal, teacher suspended after allowing child to wear Nazi costume for Halloween parade

A principal and teacher in Utah were suspended from their positions after permitting an elementary school student to don a Nazi costume for a Halloween parade.

Photos spread online showing a boy wearing a swastika on the sleeve of a dark brown shirt at Creekside Elementary School in Kaysville, The Salt Lake Tribune noted.

After some people said they were offended by the costume, school district officials issued a statement of apology, according to ABC4 News.

“The Davis School District apologizes for what took place yesterday,” the statement stated.

“It does not tolerate speech, images or conduct that portray or promote hate in any form,” the statement continued. “The district is taking the matter very seriously and is investigating every aspect of the situation. The principal and teacher have been placed on paid administrative leave.”

The United Jewish Federation of Utah also issued a statement criticizing the incident.

“Dressing a child as Hitler is intolerably offensive and should never be suggested, permitted or condoned,” the statement read. “We believe school districts, school administrators and teachers have an obligation to provide guidance to students and parents about what would be an unacceptable costume for such a school parade.”

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